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Today we’re tackling our Bookish Goals for 2018. For me, this encompasses a few different facets of the book world for me. First, I have some reading and reviewing goals. Second, I have some goals for the blog itself. And, lastly, I have some personal goals that I think will impact the first two.
Reading and Reviewing Goals
I’ve chosen to take on a few challenges to assist with meeting my reading and reviewing goals for 2018. I also have a few others, so here goes.
I am thrilled that I completed my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge by reading and reviewing 183 books – three more than my pledge of 180! The reviewing part is a really important part of the challenge for me because I often sneak in a read that I don’t review . . . .which I really hope to get better at this year!
I am going for 180 books read and reviewed again this year – that is an average of 15 a month!
We all have that TBR pile that seems to keep growing no matter how much we read. And, I am a happy one-clicker. I know I have some amazing books just waiting for me to pick up and read
My Goal for this challenge is to choose at least one book to read and review from the TBR pile that is already on my kindle each month. (Anything prior to a 2018 publication date). This doesn’t seem like a lot, but with the number of arcs I tend to sign up for, this really could be a challenge for me!
I’m pretty excited about this challenge because this used to be my favorite genre, and I have fallen away from it a bit. I’m happy to have a reason to dive back in and review some of these amazing books!
My personal goal is 12 paranormal books read and reviewed this year. (My goal here is more reviewed than read – I tend to read them, but am terrible at following through on reviews since they are generally not arcs for new releases).
4. Read and review at least one new to me author a month.
While not a challenge, this is a goal I have. I tend to fall in love with authors and series and enjoy sticking with those tried and true favorites but want to star pushing out of my comfort zone more and read at least one new to me author each month. This can be a random one-click, an arc or even a Quirky Blind Date with a Book (you choose from a tagline without seeing the title or author).
I love blogging and I want to improve what I am offering my followers. I accepted one blogging challenge for 2018 and also have some general goals I am hoping to meet.
I really want to include more bookish content and not just promo / reviews on the blog this year, so I am hoping this challenge sparks my creativity and motivates me to pen a minimum of one discussion post each month. These are not memes or warp ups, but something that may really spark a discussion. Honestly, I am hoping to do better than one a month – I’d love to be able to say I more than doubled my original goal once December comes around!
2. Increase my blog’s following.
It’s low right now (so low I am a bit embarrassed to share numbers) so I am hoping that more genuine content as well as visiting and interacting with more blogs may help bring a few new followers in my direction.
3. Reach 3,000 Facebook followers as well as improve interactions on that platform.
There are days I feel like I post and no one sees anything let alone interacts. This is especially disheartening for me with contests or original content posts. With algorithms constantly changing, I think this is going to be more and more of a challenge for all bloggers on authors on Facebook and I’m not quite sure how to meet this goal yet, but I’m working on it!
Personal Bookish Goals
These goals tie in with some of my reading and blogging goals, but I feel are more about my personality and how I handle things.
1. Learn to say no.
I still get that little thrill every time an author or pa approaches me and says they found my blog and then asks me to read, review, promo, share etc. I am learning that I can’t take all of these requests on. It’s too much for me and too much for followers who are then inundated with constant promo. I need to find and stick to books I really think I will love and be okay with telling an author that either I can’t meet their requested time frame or that the book is not one I would typically read.
2. Enjoy reading and blogging.
I have always loved reading. I always have a book in my hand. It’s my go to activity for entertainment. And, I need to remember that. Reading and blogging are supposed to be fun. It’s not a job. I already work a full and a part time job as well as have a family. This is a fantastic hobby, and if it starts to feel like too much work, I am doing something wrong.
I think a big part of this is taking on less promo and ultimately less arcs to read and review. (Oh how it hurts to say less arcs, but if I am trying to squeeze too many books in each month, I can’t slow down to really enjoy them). Ultimately, less promo also gives me more time for fun posts such as memes, tags and original content as well.
So, there you have it, my Bookish Goals for 2018. It truly is a lot to take on, but I am really hoping that taking the time to really think things out and organize will help me complete my challenges and reach my goals as well as take back some of the enjoyment in reading and blogging that I found slipping away.
Do you have any Bookish Goals or Challenges you have accepted for 2018?
Do you have any tips or advice for helping me meet my goals for the year? I still feel pretty new to blogging and would love any and all advice.
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